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From Homeless to Homeowner – Formerly Homeless Veteran is now a Homeowner thanks to HUD-VASH and PCHA’s Homeownership Program

Just a few days ago a very heartwarming event took place. A disabled veteran in Pinellas County Housing Authority’s HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program closed on his own home. Disabled and homeless for many years, in 2012, thanks to the HUD-VASH program, David Griffith began renting a home with his service dog, Porsche, receiving supportive services from the Bay Pines/CW Young Veterans Affairs Medical Center and rental assistance from the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA). After enrolling in PCHA’s Homeownership Program and taking the necessary steps toward eligibility, he purchased his own home this week.

“Porsche and I woke up in our own home this morning and nobody can throw us out.  I can’t believe it, but the stress is ebbing out of me. Maybe no more flashbacks of homelessness?  I am so grateful to all who played a part and helped us achieve this.  Thank you for all your help” Griffith said.

“We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to help one of our nations heroes become a homeowner. It makes our hearts smile” said Debbie Johnson, PCHA’s executive director.